Friday afternoon, I got a call from the Smyrna library, reporting that I had a book on reserve in for pick-up (I think I'm on speed dial since they call my house a lot!). Saturday morning, I was out and about running errands and stopped by to pick up the book.
I returned some books and then went to the desk to see what treasure had come in. I had a suspicion of what it might be since last time I'd looked, I was first in line for only one book on my reserve list. But since said novel wasn't supposed to hit the street until Tuesday, I wasn't getting my hopes too far up.
The librarian scanned my card (alas, it was not the cute new woman who works at the reference desk!) and then went off in search of my treasure. She came back a few minutes later with two items--a DVD of Cinderella Man
and a book with a mostly white dust jacket. She plopped them onto the counter and--lo and behold!--my wildest dreams had come true.
Yes, it was the new Stephen King book, Cell.
Yes, it was in before it hit the streets (I stopped by a book store Saturday just to check and be sure I wasn't dreaming). And yes, I was reading it before it came out. I felt almost like some kind of book royalty as I got it. I wanted to run through the library and declare that I had the book before anyone else did and ha, ha, I was going to start reading it that very day. Thankfully, common sense (and the desire to not have cute reference desk lady remember me as that guy
) returned and I didn't.
So, yes, I've got the new book and yes I've started reading it. And yes, it's good.
And yes, this has set me back on my 12 step program to overcoming my book addiction. But it's so worth it.
posted by Michael Hickerson at 1/23/2006 02:09:00 PM